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London Wikimedia Meetup Number 157

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NOTE - This meetup will be virtual due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Date and time: Sunday 9 August 2020 13:00—18:00
(join at any time you can, no need to stay for the whole afternoon)

Location: Online
We will use Zoom video chat. the wub will host and send out invitations on the day via Wikimedia email to any users signed up below.

People of all ages and all Wikimedia projects are welcome. Complete newbies also welcome.

Although this meetup is a continuation of the regular "London" gatherings, going virtual means geography is no longer a constraint so do feel free to join from anywhere you may be!

Please also invite any London/UK Wikimedia people you know (or have had wiki dealings with) – spread the word!

Attending

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Add your name to the list by adding an asterisk and four tildes like this: *~~~~

May be attending

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interested but not attending

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Introductions

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To provide some background, I went through the user pages of possible attendees and compiled some details of their location and a recent topic that they worked on in the English Wikipedia.
I've not tried this before so feel free to embellish or correct the entries.

For some other general talking points, the In the News section of the UK Wikipedians' notice board has also been updated.

While doing this, I noticed that Meta doesn't seem to support the Visual Editor. Am I missing something?

Andrew D. (talk) 11:01, 9 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks Andrew, this is a really cool idea! I added my location too. Was already thinking of running a poll during the meeting on locations, it looks like we've got an even wider range this time.
The Visual Editor doesn't seem to be visible by default on Meta, I'm not sure why. You can still hack your way into it by adding ?veaction=edit to the end of the URL. the wub "?!" 11:27, 9 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I wanted VE to help edit the table but now the main structure is done, the regular text editor is ok. I didn't link the entries, to keep it simple, but have linked mine now to show how it's done. Andrew D. (talk) 12:06, 9 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]
user location topic short description
Ainali Amsterdam List of European countries by life expectancy Longevity statistics
Amakuru London Rwandan Civil War African conflict
Andrew Davidson Ealing, London St Trinnean's School Progressive girls' school
Archana Mathur The Wikipedia Library Provision of sources
Balon Greyjoy Big Mouth (TV series) Animated comedy
Broichmore Battle of the Slaak Naval battle
ClemRutter Hellesdon High School Norfolk secondary
Darren-M Manchester Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Actress and royal consort
Ddemod Education in Barbados Caribbean schooling
Dreamy Jazz Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations Internal policing
Femkemilene Exeter Global warming Climate change
GhostInTheMachine York Smart meter Online recorder of utility usage
Jdforrester Alexis Carew series Science fiction naval pastiche
Johannes Schade Bangor Viscounts Dillon Irish aristocracy
Johnbod London À la poupée Colour printing using balls of cloth
Joseph2302 London (originally Sussex) Charrandas Persaud (Women's) sport Canadian-Guyanese lawyer and politician Women's sportspeople
Kosboot New York Heinrich Schenker Musical analyst
Lajmmoore Yorkshire Manana Chitishvili Georgian poet
Lee Vilenski England 2020 World Snooker Championship Sporting event
Llew Mawr Wales 2020 Russian constitutional referendum All-Russian vote
Mccapra Time and Eternity in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Thought Philosophical history
MER-C Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations Internal policing
Mike Peel Tenerife Monument to Franco (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) Public sculpture
Misha Wolf London ISO 4217 International standard for currency codes
PaleoGeekSquared Cardiff Ankylorhiza Extinct genus of dolphin
PamD Silverdale, Lancs Virtual choir Lockdown activity
Perciv Margaret of Anjou Queen of England
Pi List of current members of the Kenyan National Assembly African politicians
Racking Graffiti Street art
RexxS West Midlands Coronavirus disease 2019 Pandemic illness
Rodw Cotswolds Mary-Jess Leaverland Singer
Serendipodous London Timeline of the far future Scientific projections
Serial Number 54129 MV Rhosus Infamous cargo ship
Sparklism Ocean Colour Scene Britpop band
Spinney Hill East Midlands Northampton County town
The wub London Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge Tudor building
WereSpielChequers London COVID-19 pandemic data Navigational template
Wikieditor019 Guildford Grove Primary School Junior school
Zquid Stockholm Paralympic sports Competitive sport for the disabled

Topics discussed

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Thanks to all who joined! I made a few (non-exhaustive) notes on topics discussed today, so attendees can refer back and non-attendees can get a flavour:

The plan is for the next meetup to be virtual again, on Sunday 13 September. Hope to see you there! the wub "?!" 21:46, 9 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

About the meetup

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The Penderel's Oak in Holborn
Map
Location of The Penderel's Oak

London meetups are generally casual social events where we...

  • Drink coffee, beer, tea and some of us have Sunday brunch. Sunday roasts are no longer offered but they do a reasonable pizza now and have a range of other snacks and dishes.
  • Welcome guests from around the world and other groups which meet there
  • Chat about Wikimedia or any other topics
  • Experienced Wikimedians help out new editors and share experiences about anything from copyright to editing tools.

You can expect to meet some very keen Wikimedians; however, this is also an open invite for anyone interested in finding out more about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, and Wikisource.

New and prospective editors are also very welcome.

The pub is quite quiet and family-friendly on a Sunday lunchtime, so younger Wikimedians will also feel welcome and safe. Alcohol consumption is not compulsory!

Disabled access

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The pub has an accessible loo on the ground floor. There are some sections of the pub that are only accessible by steps, but we always meet in the main step free section, usually opposite the main doors.

Location: Penderel's Oak

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The Penderel's Oak is a Wetherspoons pub in Holborn.
Address: 283-288 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HP (OpenStreetMap) (Google Maps)

It's easy to find us – we're usually the crowd with several laptops on the large tables straight ahead of you when you enter the pub. If not, then look for a tabletop Wikimedia/Wikipedia poster and laptops with Wikipedia stickers on them. Wikimania t-shirts can also be a good clue.

Getting there

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Central line
 
Chancery Lane 0.2 miles

(350 m)

Central line
Piccadilly line
Holborn
Circle line
Hammersmith & City line
Metropolitan line

Elizabeth line

Farringdon 0.5 miles

(800 m)

Circle line

District line

Temple

The Penderel's Oak is between Holborn tube station and Chancery Lane tube station. Farringdon station and Temple tube station are not too far. The pub is also within walking distance of Waterloo railway station (1.3 miles; 2 km), St Pancras railway station (1.2 miles; 1.9 km) and Kings Cross.

Several bus routes also go directly to Holborn station; if travelling from Waterloo, it is quicker to travel by bus than by tube.

Bike hire (TfL scheme) is in Red Lion Street, just opposite the pub.

Visit the TfL Journey Planner for more information about your fastest route.

Back-up plan

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In the rare event of a kitchen closure or another problem at the Penderel's Oak, the meetup will be relocated to the Shakespeare's Head – another Wetherspoons pub located nearby. To get there from the Penderel's Oak, when exiting onto the street turn left, then when walking past Holborn tube station turn left again down Kingsway, and after a short walk the pub will be found on the left-hand side.